On 6-7 August 2018, with the aim of taking part in memorial events for the August 2008 war that followed Russia’s aggression against Georgia, and to reconfirm unwavering solidarity with the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, was on a working visit in Georgia together with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania and Poland.
The Minister participated in a round table discussion on sustainable peace and security held in the Georgian parliament and visited the Administrative Boundary Line with South Ossetia near the village of Odzisi. During the memorial events the Foreign Minister laid a wreath in the Mukhatgverdi Cemetery in Tbilisi, commemorating Georgian military personnel, policemen and civilians who fell during the August war in 2008.
“In Tbilisi today, together with my colleagues from Poland and Lithuania, and the deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, we are reiterating our unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as aggression by Russia in 2008 brutally violated the international order and the principles of international relations. Russia openly invaded an independent and sovereign country. In 2014, Russia illegally and illegitimately annexed Crimea. Latvia was occupied for more than 50 years; therefore, we are here today – not only to commemorate the victims of the Georgian War of August 2008, but also to express solidarity with the Georgian people and remind the world that aggression against sovereign states must not be tolerated. Developments in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are a matter of concern, including the closure of border crossing points along the Administrative Boundary Line with Abkhazia. These actions go against commitments to work towards enhanced security and improved living conditions for the conflict-affected population, as well as having a negative effect on the human rights situation and stability in the region,” Edgars Rinkēvičs noted.
The Minister also underlined that Latvia supports Georgia’s on its course towards NATO. “Georgia is an important partner to NATO, and is kept high on the Alliance’s agenda. It is noteworthy that at the Brussels Summit we reaffirmed our political and practical support for, and cooperation with Georgia,” said Edgars Rinkēvičs.
During his visit, Edgars Rinkēvičs also met with the Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili, Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze, Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.
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